An Activation Program as a Stick to Job Finding
Brian Krogh Graversen
Danish National Centre for Social Research (SFI)
Jan C. Van Ours
Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics
LABOUR, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 167-181, 2011
In an experimental setting some Danish unemployed workers were assigned to an activation program whereas others were not. The unemployed who were assigned to the activation program found a job more quickly. We show that the activation effect increases with the distance between the place of residence of the unemployed worker and the place where the activation took place. We also find that the quality of the post‐unemployment jobs was not affected by the activation program. Both findings confirm that the activation program mainly worked because it was compulsory and the unemployed did not like it. The activation program worked as a stick to job finding.
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Date posted: May 20, 2011
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